“Secret Gardens” – World Premiere Performance

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 7:00pm

A free Faculty Artist recital featuring Sara Fraker, oboe and Casey Robards, piano with Rachel Knight, harp; Morris Palter, percussion and Elizabeth Soflin, percussion. This is part of Fraker’s “The Braiding Sweetgrass Project,” a multi-dimensional effort that draws upon ideas from the emerging field of ecomusicology. It is bringing together faculty and students from the College of Humanities, College of Social & Behavioral Science, Institute of the Environment, and the College of Fine Arts. The objective of Fraker’s project is to commission, perform, and record a new piece of music inspired by Robin Wall Kimmerer’s breathtaking book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants (Milkweed Editions, 2013).  

Dr. Kimmerer, professor at the SUNY School of Forestry, is an ecologist, acclaimed writer, and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Asha Srinivasan, professor of composition at Lawrence University, has composed a musical work for oboe, natural sounds, and electronics for this project. Dr. Kimmerer and Asha Srinivasan will give a pre-concert talk. 

Learn more about the project here.

Support provided by Arizona Commission on the Arts, Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, American Indian Studies Program, College of Fine Arts, and the Creative Writing program.